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Keep clothes on the hangers and NEVER put books in boxes: Moms share the things they wish they'd known before moving home

Daily Mail logo Daily Mail 5 days ago Emilia Mazza For Daily Mail Australia

Savvy Australian moms have revealed their best tips and tricks to make the arduous job of packing and moving house a breeze.

The suggestions were shared on a Facebook group after one member asked how people would recommend she make her upcoming move easier.

'Not moving until January but trying to make sure I stay organized so I'm not rushing around the last few days before we leave,' the woman wrote. 

'What are some of your best or unusual tips that were helpful with packing everything in your house when you move?'

The tips shared included never packing your books in boxes and keeping clothes on their hangers to make the move even easier.

a woman standing in a room: Packing up and moving house is arduous business which is why is makes sense to have a few tips, tricks and hacks up your sleeve (stock image) © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Packing up and moving house is arduous business which is why is makes sense to have a few tips, tricks and hacks up your sleeve (stock image)

One woman said when moving the first thing she always did was ensure the beds were made, so 'there's a place to crash when you're exhausted' and said a box packed with essentials is a must.

'Have a box with immediate supplies, kettle, tea, coffee, etc, toilet paper and some cleaning supplies. Keep this box handy as you'll need it quickly,' she wrote.

Another said she'd found packing one room up at a time and de-cluttering and donating to charity as she went made moving easier.

'I sold my home 12 months ago and did one room at a time, just a few hours each day then either took it to Vinnie's or threw out.'

A third said her best tip was to keep clothing on hangers and place these into clean garbage bags. On arrival, she said she simply did the reverse.

a screenshot of a cell phone: One mum suggested always making the beds first so no matter how tired you were there was a place to sleep © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited One mum suggested always making the beds first so no matter how tired you were there was a place to sleep a screenshot of a cell phone: This mother said labelling boxes with the name of the room it belongs in made packing a far easier task © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited This mother said labelling boxes with the name of the room it belongs in made packing a far easier task

Others also spoke about the benefits of labeling boxes with some explaining how they had systems using numbers or color-coding.

'I am packing at the moment. I'm going room by room and as I put something in the box, I'm numbering each box and writing a list in a notebook of exactly what is going in that particular number box,' one said.

A second said: 'Colour code the labels on the boxes so that anyone helping to move can do it quickly. Saved heaps of time reading the labels.'

Another revealed her even more complex system where she'd divided her home into zones and categorized by color.

'I had sixteen zones for the new house, categorized into six colors (eg pink bedrooms, yellow for the kitchen/laundry.

'I put colored numbers on every box and signs on each door with the corresponding color/number.'

A fourth said: 'Label each box on the side with the room it belongs in and briefly the contents. Tape drawers on tallboys and leave clothes in there (if you have kids it won't be too heavy)'.

a man sitting in a box: Some of the mum said they used a range of systems for packing and labelling boxes, these included number and colour-coding (stock image) © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Some of the mum said they used a range of systems for packing and labelling boxes, these included number and colour-coding (stock image)

Many on the thread said moving was a great time to start 'Marie Kondoing' the home so as there would be less stuff to shift and unpack.

'We've just moved and while we were moving we had skip bins so we didn't have to worry about excessive dump runs and wasting time,' said one.

'Cull and then cull some more. Think about are you going to want this item when you unpack,' wrote another.

a close up of a logo: One mother said she colour coded the labels on boxes so those helping to move could do so quickly

One mother said she colour coded the labels on boxes so those helping to move could do so quickly
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Some also shared their tips as to how valuable items could be packed without having to outlay on expensive packing foam as well a how best to pack books.

'I got a paper shredder and shredded as much paper as I could get my hands on (butcher's paper is the cleanest). It's the greatest and the very best thing for packing and protecting your valuables,' said one.

Another said: 'Use linen to line tops and bottoms of boxes to absorb cushioning - I also use it to pack my breakables in.'

'Use tea towels around breakable kitchen stuff instead of newspaper, glad-wrapped the cutlery tray, labeled boxes with contents and room, packed clothes in suitcases or left in drawers (removed drawers from chests when moving though),' said a third.

'Books in suitcases, not boxes,' said a fourth. 'So much easier on wheels.' 

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